Santa Cruz Music Festival 2018

Musicians and music lovers from far and wide are taking over downtown Santa Cruz this spring at the annual Santa Cruz Music Festival! Join in on the fun from March 10 to March 11, with endless performances, special events and more. Check out the details below and grab your ticket before it’s too late!


SCMF 2018  

The annual Santa Cruz Music Festival is back this spring from Saturday, March 10 to Sunday, March 11. Countless well-known and up-and-coming music artists will perform nonstop, filling venues all across downtown Santa Cruz. In addition to music, the festival will also include special events like yoga sessions, a bike party and comedic acts. As the event gets closer, attendees can download the Santa Cruz Music Festival app which includes a real-time display of all participating venues, along with times of performances. For more event details, check out this FAQ page.


Artists & Venues

Over 70 artists will be performing at this year’s Santa Cruz Music Festival, including headliners Mr. Carmack, Ghostface Killah and Mija. Featured genres range from rap to pop to electronic. You can view the entire list of artists on the festival’s website. With so many artists, it’s no surprise that the music festival will take place in 12 different venues, spanning across downtown Santa Cruz. Some of the larger venues include the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and San Lorenzo Park, while smaller venues like 99 Bottles and Woodstock’s Pizza will also be used. The festival website includes a map of all participating venues and will soon include a schedule of performance times/locations.


Festival Passes

Passes range in price depending on which “tier” you decide to purchase. Tier 1 passes, aka the “Locals’ Pass” are $50 and only available to those over 21, granting access to these local venues: Motiv, The Blue Lagoon, Rosie McCann’s and Café Mare. Tier 2 passes cost $90 and grant access to all participating venues on Saturday and Sunday. For full details and to purchase your pass, visit this Ticketfly page.


Once your festival passes are secured and must-see performances are mapped out, it’s time to choose a place to stay! We recommend the bright and beautiful Hotel Solares, located within walking distance of downtown Santa Cruz. Not only will you be able to rest your music-ridden ears at Hotel Solares, but you can also bring along your pet, free of charge!



Santa Cruz Music Festival

Where: Downtown Santa Cruz

When: March 10 & 11, 2018

Cost: $50+



Hotel Solares     

Characterized by its bright yellow and blue hues, this pet-friendly hotel offers the best of Santa Cruz, located within walking distance of the iconic Boardwalk and downtown scene. 600 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 831.458.9660